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Cradle of Forestry

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11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
+1 828-877-3130
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The Cradle of Forestry is offers a fascinating look at management and conservation of natural resources.

The mountains of western NC are home to a school almost everyone will enjoy attending, if only for... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2018
D2958ZXgarym
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King, United States
Living History

Great place for a long stroll. Entertaining and educational. Great for school age and up. The paths... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
Barbara W
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Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
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*Temporarily Closed for Winter Hours, reopening April 7th, 2018* Continuing a legacy of forest conservation history, the Cradle of Forestry offers a snap shot of life at America's first school of Forestry along the Biltmore Campus Trail. You can also take a picturesque walk along the Forest Festival Trail complete with a restored 1914 logging locomotive, or take a simulated ride with firefighters aboard a helicopter on their way to a roaring fire in the wilds of Idaho in the Forest Discovery Center Exhibit Hall. Come explore the sights and sounds, check out the events and activities, and plan your adventure at the birthplace of Forest Conservation in America - the Cradle of Forestry in America. We are CLOSED November-March.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The mountains of western NC are home to a school almost everyone will enjoy attending, if only for a few hours. In 1968, the US Congress set aside 6,540 acres of Pisgah National Forest for the purpose of preserving the birthplace of forestry and forestry...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Great place for a long stroll. Entertaining and educational. Great for school age and up. The paths are level so strollers are no problem.

Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

An exceptional, interpretation of the role and importance of forestry through several centuries. The buildings and exhibits are easy to navigate and friendly staff are available for questions.

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

In the middle of Pisgah Forest half way up 276 on way to the entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway is the Cradle of Forestry. Historical buildings and easily navigated pathways set amidst the forest canopy - truly an adventure in history in a beautiful...More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

We decided to come here largely because it was mentioned at our tour of Biltmore Estate. The greeter at the gate gave us a good introduction to the place. We were glad to have our lifetime senior pass from the USGS which got us in...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

Our guide Brian drove 7 of us in a very comfortable van to see 5 different (1 secret!) waterfalls near Asheville. He was very informative, interesting, and patient, taking special care with those who had a little trouble climbing over some of the rocks. The...More

Thank Kim R
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Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your tour and will pass this review on to Brian. Thank you!

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

We've lived in this area for six years and visited the Cradle of Forestry for the first time yesterday. Don't pass it by! Admission is $5, or if you have a National Parks Senior Pass you get in for free. The trails are smooth and...More

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Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

We are so happy you found us! Be sure to follow our website for updates on all of our 2018 events.

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

This is national heritage area with a great film, exhibits, gift shop, cafe, bathrooms :) and paved trails. The greeter gave us a nice brief history of this site. After watching the movie we walked a mile trail that showcased the old buildings of the...More

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Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

They are a national treasure indeed! We are so proud of our WNC heritage and efforts in conservation. Thank you for visiting us!

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We loved this place! Found the history inside a bit young for us, but a great place for children, very interactive displays. The paths are paved, well marked with many interactive displays for children and adults. We were here in mid fall, so most of...More

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Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to leave us a review. We agree that our woods are especially beautiful this time of year.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I attended this drama on a Friday night in October. Beautiful location in Pisgah National forest. Great outdoor drama!!! Very entertaining and interactive! Wonderful for the whole family. During the day there is a very educational film about the start of the...More

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Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

We love Tommy Hodges! The script changes every year, so be sure to return! Thank you for leaving us a review.

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I hope you received the answer you were looking for regarding Cradle of Forestry blue ghost dates. We are offering tours on Tuesday-Saturday from May 15 to June 2. You can check out the website for a link to the online... More
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